2009 Scarecrow "M. Étain" Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Amazingly complex, firm, dense and concentrated, with a vivid, lively, structured mix of dried currant, mineral, cedar, sage and tobacco notes. Fills out nicely on the finish and holds its focus, ending with a satisfyingly chewy, rich bundle of dark berry fruit. Best from 2013 through 2024.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon M. Etain is dark, rich, sumptuous and highly expressive. A totally voluptuous wine, the 2009 flows across the palate with layers of dark fruit. Stylistically, the M. Etain is very close to the Scarecrow Cabernet in this vintage, although it has less aromatic complexity and depth. Hints of smoke, tobacco, incense and licorice are layered into the juicy, mid-weight finish. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. (AG)
2009 is the second vintage for Scarecrow's M. Étain Cabernet Sauvignon -- a Scarecrow second label of sorts -- which essentially comes from a less rigorous selection of fruit hand picked from the famous J.J. Cohn Estate in Rutherford. The wine is cleverly named after the Tin Man from Wizard of Oz, 'Étain' being French for "Tin." Winemaker's Notes: "The wine's aromas show off the dry warm vintage and small crop beautifully. Intense ripe berries, dark chocolate, a whiff of toasty oak, and some deeper tones of dark vanilla, sweet earth, and roasted pecans, swirl to fill the glass, changing and evolving with time. On the palate the dark berries are joined with a slightly redder, fresher force of bing cherries and a touch of toasted anise seed. Soft and rich this full-bodied wine lingers with all of its flavors dancing as the intensity of the finish slowly fades." Aged for 16 months in 85% new French oak prior to release.